Can A Diced Rib Graft Rhinoplasty Be Secondarily Modified?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Dr. Eppley is a very knowledgeable surgeon and I know he has a blog where he answers questions. I have a important question for dr. Eppley regarding revision rhinoplasty. I had a diced rib cartilage glue graft placed (dorsal onlay graft), however it looks way too big on my nose and is also wide. Is there a technique to remove this graft completely so that I can my original underlying bridge bone back?

A:That can be done. Such rib grafts heal by fibrous union so they can be safely dissected out for reduction or removal.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon